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Barrier Islands Center

Yelp Rating - 4.5 stars
6 reviews onYelp logo
(757) 678-5550
Location7295 Young St Machipongo
CategoriesMuseums, Summer Camps, Art Classes

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updated: November 21, 2023
Year Established1996
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Meredith S.
Yelp Rating - 5.0 stars06/24/2018
What a well done museum in an unexpected place!! We were looking for a day trip from our home in Norfolk and saw this one on TripAdvisor. Since it is only... read review
Jim M.
Yelp Rating - 3.0 stars09/15/2019
Everybody wants oceanfront. Permanent residents want oceanfront. Vacationers want oceanfront. Sea turtles want oceanfront. That's why the fact that... read review
Michelle G.
Yelp Rating - 5.0 stars09/04/2019
This was truly a wonderful museum and the staff, ALL of the staff, were sincerely some of the nicest most helpful and accommodating people we've come across... read review

Business Description

If you're looking for a unique cultural experience that's off the beaten path, the Barrier Islands Center in Machipongo, Virginia might be just what you're looking for. This museum preserves and celebrates the history and culture of Virginia's Barrier Islands, which were once home to vibrant fishing and farming communities. Visitors to the Barrier Islands Center can explore exhibits featuring over 7,500 artifacts, all artfully displayed to tell the stories of the men and women who lived, worked, and played on the islands.

What makes the Barrier Islands Center truly special is the way it brings the past to life. As you wander through the exhibits, you'll hear stories of the islanders and watermen who made their homes on the islands, and you'll gain a deep appreciation for the unique challenges and opportunities of life on the coast.

But the Barrier Islands Center is more than just a museum. It's also a gathering place, with weathered porch rockers that invite you to sit a while and take in the scenery. The art gallery and gift shop are full of treasures that rival those of New York's finest, and the center offers summer camps and art classes that are perfect for kids and adults alike.

Whether you're a history buff, an art lover, or just looking for a unique experience, the Barrier Islands Center is worth a visit. It's a chance to step back in time and discover the hidden treasures of Virginia's coast, all while enjoying the warm hospitality of this charming museum. So why not plan your trip today? You might just be surprised by what you find.

Gift Ideas for Barrier Islands Center

If you're looking for a truly unique gift that captures the spirit of Virginia's Barrier Islands, the Barrier Islands Center has you covered. This charming museum is home to an art gallery and gift shop that's chock-full of treasures, all of which celebrate the rich history and culture of the islands.

For art lovers, the gallery is a must-visit destination. Here, you'll find a stunning collection of paintings, photographs, and sculptures that capture the beauty and character of the islands. From the vibrant colors of a sunset over the water to the weathered wood of a fishing boat, these works of art are sure to inspire and delight.

But the gift shop is where the real gems can be found. Here, you'll find an array of unique and beautiful items that are perfect for anyone who loves the coast. Handcrafted jewelry, pottery, and textiles are all on offer, as well as books, postcards, and other souvenirs that capture the magic of the Barrier Islands.

One of the most popular gifts at the Barrier Islands Center is the center's own cookbook, which features recipes inspired by the foods of the islands. From fresh seafood dishes to savory stews and hearty breads, these recipes are sure to delight anyone who loves good food and the coast.

No matter what you choose, a gift from the Barrier Islands Center is sure to be a hit. These treasures are not only beautiful and unique, but they also offer a glimpse into the rich history and culture of Virginia's coast. So why not stop by the museum's gift shop today and see what treasures you can discover?

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